Fox Searchlight dodged enough champagne corks last night following its big Oscar nominations day to decide it will rerelease Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel in select cities for special return engagements beginning today. Searchlight led all studios in Oscar noms yesterday with 20, with Grand Budapest and studio sibling Birdman landing a leading nine noms apiece.
The pic was an early starter by awards-season standards, opening in the U.S. on March 7 after a world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. It was the year’s biggest specialty bow and already is Anderson’s highest-grossing move to date with a $59.1M domestic cume and $174.6M in worldwide box office coming into the week.
The plan for today is a multi-city rollout including in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Houston, Seattle, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
The movie has been riding momentum despite its early release, and before yesterday’s Oscar haul — it landed noms for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design and Original Screenplay — won best comedy/musical movie at the Golden Globes on Sunday.